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    Saturday, March 31, 2018

    Smark Henry's Favorite WrestleMania Moments: Edge's Superspear at WrestleMania X-Seven

    As we count the days down to WrestleMania 34 on April 9, we here at Smark Henry want to do something different than our usual trivia promotion. Over the next two weeks, we'll be sharing and talking about our favorite WrestleMania moments in the hopes of getting some more this year.

    Editor's note: The following 'Mania moment is brought to us by the enigmatic potato only known as KP.
    WrestleMania X-Seven is generally considered as one of the best WrestleManias in history. With blood feuds like Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock and the iconic street fight between Vince McMahon and Shane McMahon, X-Seven was already story-heavy. But the second-ever Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match from the 2001 PPV remains one of the most-remembered WrestleMania moments ever.

    The TLC combines the specialty of The Dudley Boyz, The Hardy Boyz, and Edge and Christian and culminates the rivalry between the three since E&C lost their titles to the Dudleyz at that year's Royal Rumble. The near 20-minute match was all-action from the get-go and featured insane stunts such as Jeff Hardy’s swanton through a table, a six-way duel on top of ladders, and a 3-D to Lita after she inexplicably tore her top off.

    But perhaps the most iconic of all these spots was Edge’s madman Spear off a ladder to a dangling Jeff Hardy.

    While this isn’t the last time Edge speared Jeff Hardy mid-air, this was the first, and it certainly became emblematic of how thrilling and unpredictable TLCs can be.

    The Superspear also left a mark on the performers, something which Edge noted in his "You Think You Know Me" documentary. Jeff said the X-Seven match was one of his favorite matches to date in an interview with SportBible with Matt:

    "I would say the spear [from Edge], WrestleMania 17 because I had always wanted to hang from those things that held those titles and we finally got to do it. Just to see that come from my mind to reality was breathtaking, and for it to be so good, it's one of the biggest things that stands out to me—that Spear.”

    In terms of its obvious effects on their physical well-being, Edge credited the beginning of his injuries to the TLC matches on the Steve Austin Podcast:

    "I mean, at the time I thought I did [come away from the TLC matches unscathed], but if I really trace it back, I think that has to be where it started." Edge said, "whether it was the way I bumped, I bumped a little bit higher up, so now you're bumping a little bit higher up and doing it off ladders. I don't know. It's tough to fully pinpoint because, at the time, your hands would be bruised, your elbows would be bruised, your joints would be sore just from taking the chairs and the ladders and the tables, but it was just stuff like that and I watch them back and I think, 'how did one of us not die with some of the stunts we were able to pull off?"” [Quote from Wrestling Inc.]

    Despite the aftermath, this Superspear set a precedent for what defines a “WrestleMania-worthy” moment in the new millennium.

    Want to catch WrestleMania 34 live? Join us at the official Smark Henry WrestleMania Viewing Party on Monday, April 9 at Skinny Mike's Sports Bar in Bonifacio Global City! P300 gets you entrance and a free drink, as well as the closest thing to watching the Grandaddy of Them All live in the arena. It's a holiday, too, so no reason for you to miss out! For more details, check out the Facebook event page here.

    Read our previous entries:

    1. Daniel Bryan Wins The Big One At WrestleMania 30
    2. Seth Rollins Cashes In At WrestleMania 31
    3. Savage and Steamboat's Perfect Classic
    4. A Tremendous Stunner
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